Method For Pest Electrocution With Disposable Container - Patent 8099900

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Description: The present invention relates to pest management and in particular to a pest electrocution device with a disposable portion for containing and disposing of a dead pest. Pests such as rodents present both a nuisance and a heath risk at residences, farms, ranches, and recreational areas. Additionally, urban areas, factories, restaurants, etc. often face rodent infestations. Various mechanical traps areavailable but generally include some type of grasping mechanism which may be difficult to set and cause discomfort or injury if released on a user's hand. Poisons are also commonly used, but may create their own health risks. For these and otherreasons, users are often reluctant to use traditional measures. U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,269,091 and 5,949,636 disclose portable pest electrocution devices which overcome some of the issues present in mechanical traps and poisons. The '091 and '636 patents describe electrical circuits for sensing the presence ofa pest and creating a high voltage signal to electrocute the pest. Unfortunately, both devices require removal of dead pests from the device for disposal. Such removal may involve accidental contact with the dead pest, or an unpleasant experience. Pests are also known to carry diseases, and contact with them may present a heath risk. The '091 and '636 patents are incorporated herein by reference.BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The present invention addresses the above and other needs by providing a method and apparatus for electrocution and disposal of pests which includes a reusable power source and a low cost disposable portion. The reusable power source includesbatteries and a circuit to provide a high voltage and low current signal through external leads to the disposable portion, to electrocute small pests without presenting a risk to humans or pets. The disposable portion is constructed from low costmaterial, for example, cardboard, and may be packaged for sale in a flat folded state, and easily configured into a